ABANDONED MILL MAKES WAY FOR NEW NATIONAL LOTTERY FUNDED FIRST STEPS WOMEN’S CENTRE
A women’s group in Dungannon has transformed an abandoned mill in the town with the help of National Lottery funding, creating a facility which is set to help improve the lives of women living in the Mid-Ulster area, and those newly arrived to the community.
First Steps Women’s Centre, an organisation which has worked for twenty years with women to help enhance their life prospects, is celebrating the launch of the new facility having received £350,000 in funding from the Big Lottery Funded Space & Place Programme. In recent years it has seen the demands for its services grow as women increasingly face underemployment, and as the area has fast become home to a growing ethnic minority community.
"Supporting women's professional and personal development through education and training."
First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) has provided a unique service to women in Mid-Ulster for almost 20 years. Based in Dungannon, the Centre provides education and training, support and guidance, along with exceptional opportunities and friendship to women across Mid-Ulster. Up to 300 women per year access training across a wide range of vocational areas which is funded under the European Social Fund (ESF) by Department for the Economy and Department for Communities.
This is First Steps Women's Centre flagship project and is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). WTEE is a three year programme from 2015 to 2018 which aims to provide training, education and support services to over 600 women.
To provide a holistic personalised programme to up-skill and empower unemployed and economically inactive women for the workplace.